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Magic Potion: Probiotic Skin Refiner by The Beauty Chef

Posted on: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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WHAT
It does feel magical when you find a potion that really stands out from the crowd and delivers instant and long term results.
My new love is the Probiotic Skin Refiner.
It is an exfoliator, skin hydrator and collagen booster all in one!
r. Rich in probiotics and lactic acid it helps to improve cellular turnover as it refines the skin and reveals an improved texture. Lactic acid naturally moisturises the skin and stimulates collagen production, promoting a more hydrated, moisturised and plump complexion. The gentle exfoliation keeps my skin glowing and prevents any congestion or breakouts for me.
As my skin is sensitive I personally stay away from scrubs. You can read my whole guide/post about exfoliation here.

HOW TO
I use it twice a day after cleansing my face. I just need to pour a few drops onto a cotton pad and apply the solution all over my face. I follow with moisturizer and voila: Done and glowing!
It doesn’t have any particular scent or smell to it and is completely liquid, like water.
As all The Beauty Chef’s products this little miracle worker gains it’s magical powers from the unique fermentation process that founder Carla Oates developed.
She is a very inspirational woman that knows a thing or two about natural beauty.

Have you tried the A-mazing supplements by The Beauty Chef yet? I am a little addicted. I used them as part of my pre-wedding beauty regime and have just kept using them.
My Mum got hooked too and I just had to send her a whole box over to Germany.

AS FEATURED IN
I have recently been asked by THE LANE what my magic potions recommendations are.
Check out the whole post for even more luxury clean beauty tips.
(Of course you will find my beloved Probiotic Skin Refiner in there as well!)

Clean Skin , Clean Home Envirocare Review

Posted on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Over here at the Liv headquarters it seems things are finally getting sorted and back to “normal”, after our wedding and trying to catch up on everything it’s been a hectic (!!!) few months.
This last weekend Dave and I had some time together to sort out our home and did a full spring clean, and home cleanse.
We got rid of unwanted clothes and did multiple trips to donate them, we threw away boxes and boxes of useless stuff that had just accumulated and we also cleaned our apartment in depth.
It feels SO good! I can move around again in my office and breathe! There is nothing like a good tidy up.

You know that I am trying my best to avoid any unnecessary toxins in my life. At home we do our best to only use green cleaning products. I love buying from companies that care about the environment and source and make their products in a sustainable way. We lately got sent the EnviroCare Earth range over here and really liked them. EnviroCare Earth products have never ever been tested on animals. They are safe to use without polluting our home with nasty chemicals.
Dishwashing Liquid, laundry detergent, Hand Wash and also they Body & Hair Cleanser (which I used as travel size on our honeymoon, and loved it!)
They are fantastic unisex products for the whole family including the dog. Not even kidding, they have a lovely natural pet grooming range, approved by always white and fluffy Dalston.
Most products also come in generous sizes, reducing packaging and landfill. I really love how they thought about everything.

All their body products are extremely gentle and have the most pleasant barely there scent. I would highly recommend them for sensitive skin and sensitive noses that aren’t a fan of strongly perfumed products.

The cleaning products are really powerful and work a treat! I love how they don’t leave a strong scent either, they simply work and have no nonsense added to them.
I think it’s especially important if you have pets or babies in your home as they are much more sensitive to toxic ingredients and often are the first ones to develop allergies or skin problems.
Do you use green cleaning products in your home? Do you know that conventional cleaning products often contain allergens and toxic ingredients that can seriously effect your long term health?

Sappho Cosmetics Organic Liquid Foundation Find

Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2016

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I first came across Sappho via Instagram and was impressed with their all natural ingredient list, once I looked them up online.
Months later I have finally gotten my hands on some of their beautiful foundation, brushes and colours.
Sappho is an organic high end makeup brand from Canada. It’s been developed by the professional makeup artist JoAnn Fowler.
These range has definitely professional use quality. All Sappho cosmetics are paraben, gluten, talc, mineral oil and dimethicone free.
Which is great news for those of you, who prefer to use silicone free products.
To find a great natural foundation is always the trickiest, so let me focus on this and tell you more about the Liquid Organic Foundation:

The Cute Packaging
The Liquid foundation comes in 8 shades covering most skin tones. The bottle is a 30ml pump bottle. It looks very luxurious almost like glass, yet it’s a lightweight plastic. This is a real plus for professional artists.
(You have no idea how heavy my makeup kit is, so I prefer lightweight packaging if possible!) On the note of packaging: All the Sappho packaging is quite quirky and different, somewhat alternative and artistic looking.
All boxes are kraft paper coloured cartons with a painting illustration on it.
It’s one of these products that is actually good for your skin.

Beauty comes from the inside
But looks aside, what is actually IN this foundation:
This is a mineral foundation (no talc!!!) in an organic aloe vera juice and organic jojoba oil base. If you have read my post on oils, you know that jojoba oil is non comedogenic and very good for all skin types including oily and acne prone skins. It also contains frankincense which is known for it’s ability to boost collagen production. This makes this a great anti-aging foundation.
This foundation is packed with natural antioxidants and contains essential oils including organic calendula, neem oil, rockrose oil, meadowfoam oil, carrot oil, rosemary extract, lavender, roman chamomile and cedarwood.

The feel & finish
This foundation feels exceptionally light! No film, no greasiness on the skin. Yet it has lovely light reflecting properties and gives the skin a glow, in a beautiful, non shiny way.
It blends very easily, especially considering that no silicones are used to improve the texture. I prefer buffing it into the skin with the Sappho Blush brush. A super soft and very beautiful vegan brush.
It’s important to shake it well before application!
The coverage is medium. If you have severe acne scarring or pigmentation you will need a concealer in addition to this foundation, smaller imperfections are covered really well.
Of course the purpose of any foundation should never be to cover up a persons skin, it should rather enhance it! This is where Sappho Liquid Foundations scores all the brownie points.
If you prefer a higher all over coverage this foundation can be applied in a second layer without problems.
It smells of natural essential oils, and while they evaporate quickly the smell is fairly prominent when you apply it.
I personally really like the smell, it’s fresh, herbal and natural. I am using shade “Kate” which a nice tan/olive shade, great for me in Summer.

I was really impressed with the liquid foundation. It leaves your skin looking beautiful and like skin.

The “Undo” concealer is also tooo good to not mention it here! It works best blended together with your foundation and it immediately colour corrects and brightens dark circles.
A tiny bit goes a very long way with this.

Aromaflage – Fragrance & Mosquito Repellent

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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The thought of spending my wedding and honeymoon covered in toxic, smelly deet mosquito repellent wasn’t really one that got me excited.
Yet with a Summer outdoor wedding and honeymoon in Bali (incl. dangers of Dengue fever etc.) I thought there was not much choice.
Mosquitos also REALLY love me, they smell me from far and I am in trouble.

If you are anything like me or you like traveling to South East Asia try Aromaflage.
I love the concept so much, it’s a beautifully designed fragrance in a luxurious bottle.
Actually there are two fragrances. Aromaflage and Aromaflage Wild.

They are all natural fragrance free of phtlates, parabens or any other nasties, yet they are as far as you can imagine from smelly citronella candles.
I would actually wear mine as fragrance even inside, it’s quite delicious.
Of course smell is very subjective and we all ike different fragrances, this one however is pleasant and not offensive in any way.
To repel mosquitos successfully you need to apply it liberally on arms and legs, which you won’t do with a regular fragrance, so you will go through this much quicker.
I also recommend trying a sample to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction. Although it’s all natural it is yet very potent and concentrated and there is always the possibility to be sensitive.
This year there are also endless annoying flies in my area whenever I take my little Dog, Dalston, for a walk they are just everywhere.
I have been wearing just a little spritz of my aromaflage in the mornings and it also kept all the bugs away. And it does really work to repel mosquitoes!

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I am even more thrilled that the packaging is so beautiful and gold, (if you know me you know that I have a thing for all things white & gold)
After trying the small size, I will definitely get myself and the future Mr. a full size bottle.
This Summer I am prepared and I can smell nice on honeymoon too!

Gressa – a revolution in skincare, makeup & love

Posted on: Friday, September 4, 2015

Gressa Minimalist Foundation Liv Lundelius Natural Beauty Expert
You might have heard about Gressa already, I have mentioned it on Instagram before and also recently
included it in my list of favourite brands over here at Consume With Care.

Gressa is something else. Now I have heard of serum foundations and makeup that is good for the skin many times, yet Gressa actually lives up to this promise.
The formulas are squeaky clean and free of synthetic chemicals, yet so glamourous and luxurious.
It’s a brand that thinks outside the box. Certified organic using purest quality ingredients the formulas and textures are different to other brands, Gressa truly reinvents makeup.
Or should I say skincare? Most products are both. A real treatment for the skin delivering colour. And the actual skincare is so potent that again, you don’t even need much makeup anymore.
Founder and natural beauty Svetlana herself is the best proof that this line delivers healthy glowing skin.
She has a admirable minimalist approach to skincare, really showing that less is more, to keep your skin healthy.

I discovered the brand a little while ago and have been experimenting with it. It’s so gorgeous I really wanted to take time before reviewing it, although I was impressed right from the start.
Finally I have received the correct shade of Minimalist foundation for myself and have been wearing it everyday. And what can I say?
This foundation works different to all others I have used, everyday it seems I need to use less and less of it, as my skin heals and becomes more and more even and healthy. It’s a little bit amazing. I have been using the products on photo shoots and they work a treat in front of the camera, yet I feel they are perfect for everyday wear and your personal beauty regime at home.
Let me tell you in more detail about the products, before I get too carried away:

Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation:
The Minimalist foundation comes in a dark glass bottle with dropper! Say what? Yes that’s right.
The texture is truly that of an liquid skin serum. It says on the box that it is like a multivitamin for your skin. Checking out the ingredient list, this is absolutely true:
It’s a cocktail of organic botanical oils and extracts all chosen for their skin care benefits, no fillers here!
Minimalist foundation also contains a unique blend of herbal extracts helping the skin to heal.

Application:
Only 4 drops are enough to give a light even coverage all over the face.
This no fuss treatment can be applied with fingers, or buffed with a foundation brush. It’s important to shake the bottle beforehand!
When I started using it my skin had a few blemishes and scarring, so I used a little more products, applying with hands and then
blending it with a fluffy foundation brush to make it even.

Finish:
The finish is glowing but not oily/dewy, the liquid serum sets to a powder, yet the finish is not powdery or matte.
It’s just perfect. It looks like healthy skin! Reflecting the light and looking radiant without being shimmery yet giving the skin a velvety appearance.
Does this even make sense? The coverage is medium, it can be applied very lightly for a more sheer result and layers well for more coverage also.

Feel:
The foundation glides on very smoothly and has an extremely lightweight feel on the skin. It almost feels like the skin is bare after application.

Skintype:
This foundation great is for all skin types. If your skin is extremely dry or flaky, it might show off dry areas. (but hey, no foundation can really deal with very dry skin)
At the same time is remains radiant and my t-zone will show oil after a few hours. My skin is combination: Can be dry around cheeks and nose, oily in the t-zone.
It’s so lightweight that I think even oily skin would love it, and it is so smooth that I can also see it work on mature skin very well.

Colourmatch:
Gressa offers an online colour match based on a photo. The foundation currently comes in 11 shades, so most skin tones will find a perfect match.

Minimalist Contouring Serum Bronzer:
The bronzer comes in the same packaging and texture as the Minimalist Foundation. It’s only one shade, which a very rich, dark and olive colour.
This makes it perfect for contouring, as the colour is not orange or shimmery at all. Like the other liquid products in the Gressa range, this is very concentrated.
Start with a drop and will it go a long way.

Ilumminator:
The Minimalist Illuminating Serum can be mixed with your foundation or used as highlighter over the top.
It is very concentrated, so you only need a small amount of 1-2 drops. The colour is pinkish pearlized, making it perfect for fair to medium complexions.

Lip Boost:
Contained in a pretty little glass jar the Lip Boost is a highly pigmented tinted balm, leaving the lips with a beautiful stain.
I have tried Aux Rouge and Lavish and I might have to get the other shades too. Aux rouge seems like the perfect red for everyone.
You can wear these sheer or build the pigment up to a more opaque finish.

Purifying Mist:
The Purifying Mist is a toner that balances & soothes both your skin and mind. A pure rose mist, which was on stand by on my desk for as long as it lasted.
Love the refreshing smell of pure rose. And this is all it is: Pure certified organic rose water.
Gressa also has the best selling Neroli toner, I will have to try this one as well….

Purifying Oil:
Purifying Oil is a very lightweight oil suitable for all skin types. An excellent blend of organic natural oils featuring:
Immortelle, Rose Hip and Jojoba Oils among others.

There are many more products by Gressa which I haven’t tried yet check out the website to see the full product range.

Ze Flamant Rose – The Eco Luxe Hair Salon

Posted on: Friday, August 21, 2015

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Have you heard about Ze Flamant Rose? It’s an award winning French beauty salon & hairdresser in the heart of Surry Hills, which also prides itself of being eco friendly.

Why I Needed Professional Hair Help
As part of my green journey to a healthier, cleaner, more sustainable yet luxurious life, I have decided to grow out my bleach blonde block hair colour. I have been colouring my own hair at home for about 15years using cheap and nasty supermarket hair colour.
While the results have been fine, I was no longer comfortable with using these brands, filled with synthetic chemicals, testing on animals ruining my hair. My hair has started breaking in some areas, due to my home diy dyeing. So I said no more harsh fumes and colour drying my scalp. So far so good. I had been letting my roots grow out for a few months when I reached the point of really needing some professional help. Growing block colour out, does not look pretty. As my wedding is coming up in 6 months, I was a little worried to start experimenting with new colour, but my decision was made, I won’t go back to toxic DIY colour. My goal is to blend the colour every few months and ultimately having my natural colour back.

VIP Treatment
That’s when I found Ze Flamant Rose! An eco luxe hair salon in the midst of Surry Hills.
Run by a fantastic Team of owners and master stylists Emilie and Cyril, who are welcoming and truly give that VIP treatment.
I was offered a range of Organic Tea along side with a french macaroon. Yay.
All my doubts and worries about the new colour were blown away instantly when I realized how Emilie was paying close attention to everything I said. I felt that she understood what I was asking for, which really put me at easy. She is just a natural in her field. The salon is very well designed and spacious. My colour was done at a big table filled with books and magazines in a lovely quiet room with good music. Emilie created highlights and low lights with a eco friendly technique, without the use of foils or plastic waste. The colour did not touch my scalp and was also eco friendly.
(unfortunately there is not such thing as synthetic chemical free hair colour yet, but at least there are crueltyfree options with eco friendly packaging and salons that use green techniques)
We also had the most interesting conversations in the meantime, Emilie is very knowledgeable in natural health and holistic beauty. The highlight was the hair treatment with head massage. I highly recommend you book yourself in for this. Don’t be fooled by the playful and simple website, these guys offer the real professional luxury treatment!

The result
I left the salon super happy with shiny natural looking hair and that feeling that I wanted to go out and show off my new locks.
The result of the colour was better than I could have ever hoped for. Emilie also discussed with me the colour plan up to my wedding day and I am already looking forward to my next appointment. I am also very curious about the facials. Emilie gave me some beautiful samples of the Organic Spa product range to try and I was impressed, so I might book in a facial next time as well.
This is for sure an outstanding salon, I am so happy I discovered this treasure.

Winter Skin Good Bye with Eco Tan

Posted on: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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This Winter has been feeling extremely long. I am still sipping hot tea next to the heater while typing this, so I guess it’s safe to say that I have gotten used to the mild temperatures here in Australia. I am even getting a little bit pale.Naturally I am a medium skin tone, tanning very easily and I do get pretty dark during the Summer months. My skin is yellow toned and I feel it looks best sun kissed. I believe all skin tones are beautiful from the fairest milkiest white to the darkest chocolate brown, and of course we all suit our natural skin tone. As makeup artist I observe skin tones constantly as it’s important to find the right colour match when applying makeup. My yellow skin can get a little sallow in Winter so I do prefer a little bit of a tan glow.

I am quite low maintenance (for someone working in the industry) with my personal beauty routine and really like products that work and a beauty routine that I can do at home.
While spray tans are super popular here in Sydney (and thank goodness there are now certified organic self tan options available!) I prefer a quick DIY job in my own bathroom.

Self Tanning at home
So I was very intrigued when I heard about Winter Skin by Eco Tan. Winter Skin is a lotion in a pump bottle, which is a body moisturizer with a hint of buildable self tan. It’s THE solution to just warm up your skin, super easy to use. It has no stinky fake tan smell and keeps the skin hydrated. I simply exfoliate with the Extreme Exfoliating Glove in the shower and use the Winter skin as I would my usual body moisturizer and then wash my hands thoroughly. Done! If your knees, elbows and feet are dry make sure you exfoliate and hydrate them before using any self tan. This one is pretty foll proof though, as the colour is just a believable little hint of tan. No need for a tent or cleaning the bathroom afterwards, just a quick and easy thing to do. It can be used a few days in a row until you achieve the desired colour. Love it! It really helps as well to even out the skin and I feel ready to expose my legs now that Spring is around the corner.I might need a bottle for Summer to even out any tan lines before the wedding…(I will let you know if I do and if it works!) I think this is great for beginners, anyone with very fair skin, or
people like me that find it too stressful to go for beauty appointments. If you however want a deep professional spray tan, Eco tan actually has professionals that can do this for you.

Why Organic?
If you know me or have read this blog before you know how passionate I am about anything organic.
To me it’s the best lifestyle to ensure we can sustain this beautiful planet in the future.
Organic food and cosmetics protect the environment, the animals and also our own health as humans.
Of course I could go on and on why it is so important, but chances are you know this already.
Otherwise I might write up a separate blog post.

Of course I all for the quality certified organic ingredients throughout the whole Eco Tan range. It has been tested in Australia to be toxin free and it’s also vegan. I recommend this range to all my brides, if they are thinking about getting a fake tan for their wedding day. Of course always book yourself a trial appointment for a tan before the wedding day,so you can confirm the right colour and also make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions. Now we can all get a truly healthy glow!
In time for Spring…

A date with the bathtub- Weleda Time Machine

Posted on: Monday, August 17, 2015

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The nights are still pretty chilly over here and having worked some late nights lately as well as doing quite some intense yoga sessions, my muscles were in need of a soak and massage.

I haven’t even used our bath tub since we moved into our apartment almost a year ago.
When I lived in Berlin years ago the bathtub was the place to find me on days off and cold winter nights.
I almost forgot how good it feels to have a bath!
While the bathtub brings back memories I stepped even further down memory lane by using a beautiful
Weleda bath milk. Weleda is one of the brands my hippie parents used when I was little and that I have adored all my life.
It’s the go to green beauty brand for everyday essentials.
We lived in Germany and my Mum who is a Naturopath has always been into organic and green beauty products.
Weleda has just brought out a new Arnica Muscle Soak, that called my name.
It actually smells of an Swedish Sauna to me, which must be due to the birch, rosemary and lavender used.
Where I grew up in Northern Europe saunas are very popular and are part of our culture.
By the way:
Did you know we recently visited Northern Germany, Denmark & Sweden?
If you are interested in Scandinavia and our adventures check out our personal blog here.
It’s our personal project about happiness, photography and travel but mostly all the small things that make life so wonderful.

But back to my wonderful bath experience: I feel bathtime is one of these special pampering times that are so important for self care, just like meditation or exercise.
I think I will continue to have baths until Spring arrives! I soaked for a little while in the warm water before bed and had my bed already warmed up with hot water bottles.
I can’t even remember a thing, I passed out as soon as I snuggled up. Highly recommended!

Skin Food” is another hero product by Weleda a healing intensely moisturizing balm, soooooo good for feet, elbows or dry hands!
It’s one of these cult beauty products that has had no reason to change formula since 1926. It has a huge celebrity following as well and is a staple in many professional makeup kits, including my own, especially during the Winter months. Free from parabens, artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances. Skin Food is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegetarians. (this one is not vegan it does contain lanolin)

Weleda is one of the brands that takes green beauty to the next level, they grow most their ingredients in their own biodynamic organic gardens.
Exotic ingredients they usually buy from sustainable fair trade projects, ensuring there are no sprays or pesticides used.
This way they ensure that they are able to use only the highest quality ingredients while making sure they are sourced in a way that is ethically, socially and environmentally responsible.
Extra green smoothie points from me there ;)

The Truth In Anti Aging: My Top Natural Miracle Workers

Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Changing Skin: We all want to look our best at any age and are dreaming of healthy happy skin, it’s all about ageing gracefully and feeling comfortable in your skin.
Our skin changes with age in many ways, it becomes thinner, we loose voloume and and lines&wrinkles will start to show up.
It’s important to support and love your skin, so it can look it’s best and stay young.
Our body is quite a miracle worker. Every organ has multiple functions and if you are in good health they will all work together.
It’s a perfect yet delicate system. I think it’s most important to love the skin you are in.
It sounds like a cliche that confident happy women are always the most beautiful, I however believe this.
There is nothing more stunning and captivating as someone living their purpose, laughing from the heart and radiating that glow from within.
Don’t we all know someone like that?

Detox To Retox: It’s easy to get carried away with anti-aging treatments and procedures as well as cosmetics. The myth is that all this will make your
skin look young forever while natural products don’t work. The truth is quite the opposite.
This can easily backfire. Regular chemical peels or invasive aggressive procedure will actually cause to age the skin pre-maturely.
Just as too much sun does. No one really knows the long term effects of injectible cosmetics yet, so proceed with caution.
Take it this way: If you stress your skin out and are constantly attacking it with harsh products, it will actually get upset with you.
Not the right way to get that youthful glow you were after in the first place! It’s time to detox your beauty bag and retox it with truly valuable
powerful and healthy that beauty products.

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Skin Support: So how do you support your 30+ skin to keep it youthful? The answer is to work with your body and not against it.
One key ingredient are anti oxidants, they protect your skin from all sorts of stress so that it can function properly and won’t age prematurely.
It’s important to include super-foods which are high in antioxidants in your diet, but they are also a very powerful and natural anti-aging skin care ingredient.

And stay clear of refined sugar! Consuming sugary foods will damage the collagen in your skin, causing it to age prematurely.
Your skin will look it’s best when your body is healthy, that is a fact. Yet we always try and cheat our way around it with new technologies and synthetics.
The other important idea to keep in mind is to stay clear of ingredients that are harmful or potentially harmful to your body. Quick fixes won’t cut it for your skin long term.
Start with makeing better choices and establish a simple routine to get that youthful glow.
I could write a book about this (note to self: maybe I should?) but won’t bore you with more facts for now.
Instead I picked some favourite non toxic anti ageing products for you:

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Natural Non-Toxic Miracle Workers For Youthful Skin:
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème hands down THE eyecream of luxurious eye creams.
Just the right texture it absorbs quickly and it does what it says on the bottle: This 360° eye treatment fights the eye area’s five most common signs of aging in one complete daily crème!
It Minimizes expression lines and deep wrinkles, helps to firm appearance of the eyelid, and reduces signs of fatigue and stress. You can’t ask for more.

Intelligent Nutrients Renewing Oil Serum, a beautiful oil containing a unique Intellimune Super Seed Oil Complex that smells delicious and renews the skin and helps cells live longer, healthier lives while restoring skin’s collagen and elastin production.
It can be used as serum underneath your moisturiser am/pm or both and it’s great for all skin types.

Z’kin Line Smoothing Serum I know I keep mentioning this one, but it’s just a great product.
Lightweight, potent, it travels well and it is an eye cream as well as anti-ageing serum. No Botox required!

Z’kin Rejuvenating Moisturizer, just as great as the serum, just as a moisturizer. Best suited to normal to dry skins, this
is a nourishing anti-ageing moisturizer based on the latest research. Natural and high performance. This is great for all skin types and it absorbs quickly.

La Mav Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar
Visibly smooths fine lines, wrinkles and improves uneven skin tone with a magical cocktail of natural ingredients. As the name suggests: This is a night time treatment which is nourishing and it delivers fast results.
La Mav Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Crème. One great night time moisturiser for dry skin, if your skin is very dry and combine it with the Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar and your skin will be soft and supple in no time.
La Mav Bio VA5 Wrinkle Smoothing Day Crème: A crème that delivers a long-lasting moisture barrier, leaving skin soft and radiant. Great for daily use to help prevent the visible signs of aging. It also contains Hibiscus esculentus extract which is a natural peptide that has a BOTOX® like effect that gently relaxes skin to smooth expression lines and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It tones, firms and rest facial muscles.

The Foundation Hunt: A flawless finish with Adorn Creme Foundation

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Always on the hunt for a good natural foundation I recently tried and worked with Adorn Cosmetics Hydrating Creme Foundation.

The Foundation:

It’s a mineral foundation with organic ingredients that comes in a convenient little compact.
I was very impressed by the coverage, possibly the highest coverage I have seen in a natural foundation and it blends like a dream.
I really liked the finish, it certainly has enough coverage for to conceal redness and light scarring.
It does have a glow without being oily or shiny. It’s not dewy but it’s also not matte.
It is completely unscented, which is great for sensitive skins and noses and I prefer products to not be scented, which gives this foundation extra points.
The colour range is limited to 5 colours, I found a good match for myself, but I am not sure if it would cover all skin tones for professional use.
The product is very high quality and easy to use. The only downside was the packaging:
It comes in a round plastic compact with mirror, which is good for travel, however the quality of the packaging could be a little sturdier for my liking.
I would love to see Adorn improving the packaging a little, but that’s just me being picky.


The Brush:

I used the super soft Vegan Kabuki Foundation Brush to buff the foundation into the skin, which worked extremely well.
As makeup artist, to work on others I would use a brush with a longer handle. This is certainly a high quality brush that would recommend,
it feels very luxurious.

The Primer:

As recommend to be used with the foundation I used the Hydration Plus Plumping Primer underneath.
The primer feels very smoothing and lightweight on the skin, everything I want from a good primer, plus this one is silicone free,
which I personally prefer. Another amazing quality product that comes in a travel friendly bottle.

The Iluminiser:
For some extra dew and radiance I used the Loose Illuminiser which gave a golden
sheen to the cheekbones. It’s a great colour with a bit of a tan, as it has a yellow golden tone to it. Although I usually prefer liquid or creme highlighters, this is a very good
product. Only the tiniest amount is needed, which makes it great for professional use as well. I have a feeling the little jar will last me a long time.

My final Foundation thoughts:
Perfect for:
Nighttime: It has great coverage and no SPF,
Photo shoots: It photographs beautifully and evenly, making skin look virtually flawless
Weddings: It does last and last and last at least on my skin. It was still perfectly in place after many hours of wear and without touchup’s.
It’s also water resistant, so perfect for humid days.
Daytime: For problematic skin that requires good coverage, with additional mineral powder for SPF
Travel: Easy to carry and perfect for travel as it comes in a compact.
An amazing high Quality foundation with high-end finish.
All Adorn Products are crueltyfree, vegan and Australian made. The are free of parabens, talc, Bismuth Oxychloride and other nasties.

How to get the Look – Luminous Beauty for White Magazine

Posted on: Friday, May 22, 2015

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I just received the latest issue of White Magazine and as usual it’s packed with beautiful inspiration, and honest articles on love, relationships
and marriage. For this issue I was asked to create a series of bridal beauty looks and hair trends for brides.
Here on the blog I share with you a little How-to on how I actually achieved these looks, together with
the products used and recommended products.

Luminous Blushing Bride
This look focuses on soft, radiant blush balanced with a subtle eye and lip.The only colour I used here is a radiant soft pink on the lips and cheeks.
Skin: Apply Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation with a soft kabuki brush.
It’s a great product but a very limited colour range.
It won’t mask the skin or lovely freckles while still evening out the skin.
Use a high coverage concealer only to cover redness or blemishes for an invisible flawless finish.
I applied Inika Light Reflect on top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow.
Use ILIA translucent powder only through the t-zone to keep excess shine at bay at the very end.
Eyes: Start with evening out the eyelid with a hint of a tinted eye-primer or foundation.
Apply a dab of Inika Creme Eyeshadow in Pink Cloud to highlight in the inner corners and apply a Jane Iredale Peach Sherbet Eyeshadow.
Draw a thin line with Jane Iredale Jelly Gel Eyeliner in Brown along the upper lash line.
Enhance your eyelashes by curling them and coating them with Longest Lash Mascara.
Apply the mascara right on the roots of the lashes to give that framing effect and a luscious thick lash line.
Brows: Fill in eyebrows softly with Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit and hold in place with Pure Brow Fix gel.
Cheeks: ILIA Multistick in “All Of Me” to the apple of the cheek and warm into the skin using fingers
Lips: Ilia Karma Chameleon Lip Crayon adds the perfect pop of colour leaving the lips looking moisturized.

Wild Braids
Prep the hair with a heat protecting texturizing product and blow dry your hair to get a great shine and voloume.
I used Yarok Feed Your Roots Mousse and my H2D Hair dryer.
Part your hair in the center and just behind the ear.
Start braiding one large section from the front and secure the ends with an elastic.
Wrap the section across your forehead where you wish to place it and secure with Bobbi Bins.
Repeat on the other side and place just above your first braid.
Braid the last 2 sections and pin in place so the head is evenly covered.
Now start messing the braids up! Gently pull sections in the braids to create more texture and an uneven modern look.
Spray with hair spray to enhance shine and hold style in place.
A great natural spray is Yarok Feed Your Hold Spray

All looks are created with 100% luxurious, toxin free and/or organic beauty products that create professional results,
while being good for you. I feel these looks are so versatile that they easily go beyond bridal and could of course be worn by anyone.
I hope you enjoyed and I stay tuned for the next looks!

Create a Beauty Ritual

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015

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Do you have a beauty ritual?
Do you look forward to your daily skincare routine? Do you absolutely love how your products smell and feel on your skin?
If you do you are much more likely to keep up and you get to relax and have fun in the process.
I believe that the pleasure of using products and to create a little self-care ritual around your routine is actually very beneficial to your skin
and most importantly to the way you feel.
I am so grateful I have recently connected with a fellow skincare lover and expert, the lovely Misty who is the inspiring woman behind the skincare line BLOOM.
We send long long emails back and and forth chatting away about skin & health, I feel we connected in such a great way that I just made a new friend on the other side of the world.
Created by a holistic nutritionist with a deep understanding of whole body health, this line truly felt different to all other natural skincare lines I have ever used.
You can tell that it’s not just another skincare line but rather one carefully researched and crafted with a holistic approach.
Can you tell, that I am a bit of a fan?
Within one week of using the products exclusively morning and night and having so much fun with the ritual in the meantime, my skin has transformed.
The few blemishes I had healed quickly without leaving scarring or redness, my skin is smooth and even toned and very well hydrated.
It glows, so that I even completely skipped wearing any foundation for a few days.
I received my products after one really long and exhausting day a few weeks ago and I fell in love immediately, from the moment I received the products which came in the prettiest colourful wrapping.

I am of course a little picky when it comes to skincare, as I receive so many samples and constantly get to work with new
and different products in my job, and I have to say: These products are different to anything I had ever tried before.

I took the skin type test on the website as all three steps in this skincare routine are uniquely created for a specific skin type.
The test decided that I would fit best into the Combination Skin Type.
I think the combination skin choice was spot on, as my skin is taking really well to the new routine.
The smell of my Nourish Serum is very relaxing and grounding and I can feel all the muscles in my face relax immediately.

Step 1: GLOW and POLISH

Glow is a wonderful botanical oil blend, that you can use as eye-makeup remover. Within the beauty ritual you then mix it with Polish to create a wonderful deeply purifying facial cleanser.
Polish is a powdery consistency, it buffes away impurities but isn’t not harsh like other scrubs. It also contains natural lactic acid to brighten and soften, from organic whole milk powder.
You can use turn your cleanse into a weekly face mask by leaving it on for 10 minutes before rinsing. And it feels incredibly nice!
Step 2: HYDRATE and NOURISH
Spritz your face liberally with HYDRATE and you will want to use it all day long! It’s a lovely hydrating spritz packed with essential nutrients that will allow your next step to really lock in that extra moisture.
Then you follow with a few drops of Nourish. I really love massaging the Nourish serum into my skin and personally love the smell so much that I inhale a few times to get the most out of the aromatherapy effects.
If you are feeling dry, apply NOURISH directly to your skin after using POLISH.
Step 3: RESTORE
Apply a small amount of RESTORE to the area around the eyes and elsewhere on the face, as needed. The area between the eye brows and the “laugh lines” next to the mouth are especially nice.
It’s a very concentrated potent little balm that my skin loves.

All products are 100% Natural, Crueltyfree, All BLOOM formulas are vegetarian or vegan, gluten free and preservative + toxin free and only contain with the freshest, safest, most luxurious ingredients for your skin type. The line does not use any fillers (including water) and as such a little goes a very long way.

I am hooked on my luxurious beauty ritual!
Please check out the BLOOM website which now offers a generous $20.00 shipping flat rate to Australia.

How to hydrate and replenish sensitive dry Winter Skin

Posted on: Monday, May 11, 2015

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As the seasons change our skin has develops different needs as well and most of us have to adjust our skin care.
My own skin has become dry in areas as the temperatures dropped recently and I also had some redness and sensitivity.
I have just received an email from one of my lovely clients asking me about a good skin care routine,
product tips and facial recommendations for her dry/sensitive and dehydrated skin that also shows redness on the cheeks.
She works in an air conditioned office and prefers natural skincare.
In the lead up to her wedding day she wants her skin to be best. Don’t we all?
I got a little carried away with my response, spending about one hour to write recommendations and tips for her, so I thought I might as well share this with all of you, as we can all do with a little TLC for our Winter skins.

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The Gentle Cleanse
If you are still using a foaming cleanser now is the time to ditch it, it most likely will strip the skin of it’s moisture and natural oils that it needs to stay healthy and hydrated.
Go for a super gentle cream-, balm-, or milk cleanser and use it to double cleanse. You can use these with your Clearisonic as well. The Calming Cream Cleanser by Z’kin is excellent for sensitive Skin. La Mav Hydra Calm Cleansing Crème formulated with Bio-Flavonoids, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter to moisturize and cleanse the skin which will reveal a clear, bright, smooth feeling skin. I also love the SMOOTH Cleanser from Miskinorganics and another current favourite is Bloom Glow&Polish a unique cleansing paste that you freshly mix prior to application all these are replenishing the skin while removing makeup and cleansing away impurities.

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The Key: Moisturize!
Find a nourishing moisturizer that protects the skin from further moisture loss.
Use 2x a day or use a different day and night cream if you prefer.
If my skin is red, reactive and very sensitive it’s in need for instant calming action my go to products are Zk’in Relief Moisturizer and Triology Very Gentle Calming Serum, the names say it all! For dry skin I recommend a very rich balmy moisturizer at night, and even apply it as mask in a thick layer when watching a movie or reading at home. Air conditioning and dry air from heaters is really bad for already dry skin, so please make sure you apply a lovely rich moisturizer and/or foundation as barrier to protect the skin. Trilogy Rosapene™ Night Cream works a treat as replenishing mask. Loaded with Antioxidants in a unique oil blend, manuka honey and Goji this will restore your skin quickly.
You can also try incooperate pure organic Oils like Rosehip oil into your routine: Try nutrient rich oils like Rosehip. The trick to using oils effectively is to mix them with water. They absorb so much better this way. Mix equal parts oil and water in your hands, and rub together vigorously before massaging the mixture onto your face. I like to spritz my face with a hydtrating spray before applying oils. Use alone, or layered under your usual moisturizer.
Everyone is talking about Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, believe the hype! It’s pure skincare at it’s best.

Hydration: The Spritz!
Hydrating sprays can be very beneficial to have handy on your desk, together with some handcream & lipbalm, especially if you are working in an air conditioned office. Jane Iredale makes my favourite ones, certified organic filled with lovely armomatherapy oils they are the ultimate luxury and the bottles are super pretty too.

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Keep Young!
To target and prevent fine lines it’s a good idea to have a powerful anti ageing eyecream as part of your regime.
My favourites are; Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream, Z’kin Line Smoothing Serum, La Mav Bio A7 Firming Eye Lotion

Shake it off!
Keep exfoliating. You can find my guide on exfoliation here.
Incoporate healthy fats in your diet like avocado and flaxseed oil, coconut oil and nuts and of course make sure you drink enough water.
If you are feeling less thirsty in the colder season try herbal teas and spicy chais (without black tea) which will warm you up, increase circulation and help you to stay hydrated.
I hope this helps! Feel free to post any questions or your personal tips and experience in the comments below. :)

The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep PART TWO Cleansing & Exfoliating

Posted on: Monday, April 27, 2015

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You have still six weeks to go and I hope you enjoyed part one, on how to get your Body glowing.
Let’s focus on the delicate skin of your face next.
Without question, everyone can benefit from regular exfoliation by using products with AHA (alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid).
Each provides multiple benefits, including fighting signs of aging and breakouts! Stick to products free of unneccessary synthetic fragrance and always ready the label!

GET THAT GLOW! Yay for AHA & BHA

Exfoliate once a week with a gentle AHA and/or BHA peel. This is my personal routine, some people prefer to use a mild exfoliation daily or every other day, everyone is different. My skin looks best when I exfoliate 1-2 times a week.
There are pads, gels, masks and cremes containing fruit enzymes, glycolic, lactic or mandelic acids, some products use a combination of different AHA’ s.
AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.
If you are prone to break outs use a BHA product that contains Salicylic Acid.
BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.
Both AHA and BHA work to reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen, and firm the skin.
There is no need to to physically rub and scrub and your skin when using these products, they work by gently loosing up the “glue” in between the dead skin cells, so that the old skin can come off without any damage to your skin. You will be left with a radiant glow. One of my favourite ever exfoliating masks is by Tata Harper, it gives instant radiance and is very gentle. It smells heavenly and the jelly texture is so fun.
I had the chance to meet the wonderful Tata in person in London and have been a fan of her products since. The resurfacing mask is available in Australia via Lulu&Lipstick, an awesome selection of beauty products from around the world that are hard to get in Australia.

NAY to scrubs
Many scrubs have a rough and uneven texture that can cause skin damage by tearing into the skin, causing tiny tears that damage the skin’s barrier. Scrubs often cause more problems than they could possibly solve.
If you do want to use a manual scrub, you can simply use a gentle washcloth with your daily cleanser, which works just as well to exfoliate the surface of skin as any cosmetic scrub you can buy. As a bonus, washcloths are softer (thus gentler) and of course they don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients that oily, acne-prone skin doesn’t need. With all types of exfoliation comes sun sensitivity, mainly because there are fewer layers of cells as protection so be mindful of using your sunscreen and staying out of the sun while it’s at its strongest.
For daily cleansing I recommend a very gentle cleansing milk, oil or balm that doesn’t strip the skin.
If you are a fan of natural cosmetics or got very sensitive skin, try using pure organic coconut oil as makeup remover.
Another gentle and fabulous option to clean your skin is the Clearisonic.
Use the sensitive skin brush heads, they are the best choice from my experience.
I have the “Mia” which is a travel friendly version and I looooove it.
If you prefer a foaming wash for your face make sure you will buy one without any harsh detergents like SLS or synthetic fragrances.
For makeup junkies and daily foundation wearers I recommend a double cleanse:
Step 1: Removing Makeup with an oil based cleanser. Step 2: Cleanser appropriate for your skin type

Do you need professional help?
Trust your own judgement. Does your skin respond well to your home treatments and is clear and soft most of the time?
Well then keep doing whatever you are doing and invest in good products for your home routine.
Once you turn 30, it is wise to get a professional peel or microdermabrasion (if your skin is not sensitive and thick) treatment every other month to encourage cell turnover and keep your complexion clean, bright and youthful.
With all acids, my recommendation is to make sure you stay under a 25% concentration.
Over the counter products will always be 10% or lower, however if you get a professional facial, request a percentage that is no higher than 25%.
This way you are ensuring a good result without too much irritation.
Stay away from strong, medical peels that reach the dermis, which is the living part of your skin underneath the epidermis.
In my opinion, those types of treatments are too invasive and do more bad than good by causing intense edema [inflammation] of the dermis, which ultimately ages your skin.

Other things to do 6 weeks out:
If you haven’t already done it, this is a good time frame for your hair & makeup trial with your makeup artist and hairstylist for the wedding day.
Schedule in other beauty appointments like your regular cut & color, eyebrow appointments etc.
Get your beauty sleep, eat well, worry less, move more. Be Happy :)

Happy Earth Day! The best fragrance free mineral primers

Posted on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Happy Earth Day, everyone!
Isn’t this planet truly amazing? I love watching nature & animal documentaries to unwind or simply go for a walk by the beach or in the bush.
I always find this very humbling, and grounding. As if they remind me that I am just a tiny little
being in this huge universe. And sometimes that is very important to remember.
I wish to see a lot more of this wonderful planet and really hope that we will preserve nature
for generations to come.
Living in Sydney, I feel I am surrounded by so much wildlife, the ocean and amazing exotic landscapes everywhere.
Sometimes I just need to step outside and take it all in. In real life.

I think all women with half a brain know that today beauty products don’t have to cost the earth to be effective.
And if you don’t believe me, do your own research :) I personally feel they will long term always give the better results.
I aspire to be a green makeup artist using only the best luxury and natural products.
I am always out discover the latest and best beauty products from around the world and share my experiences with you.
Please note that the below primers all DO contain silcone and are therefore not entirely clean or 100% natural.

I want to sing the praises of some great primers in the natural/green/organic category.
All of these are free of synthetic fragrance, crueltyfree, vegan, and paraben free as well as packed with essential nutrients and the most luxurious botanical ingredients.
I hope you enjoy and give these goodies a go!

Youngblood Mineral Primer
The overall best makeup primer I have ever used. This one is suitable for all skin types.
It’s does everything I could ever ask for.
Minimizes the appearance of pores, smooths fine lines, controls that oily t-zone while still being nourishing and
really helps any foundation to stay in place for longer!
Pro tip: It works as magical makeup eraser when you apply one drop to a cotton bud:
You can correct eyeliner shapes or error without disturbing the makeup! Magic!
It’s also filled with vitamins and natural goodness, and leaves out synthetic fragrances and nasty ingredients.
Win win!

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair

A luxurious makeup base, great for dehydrated or dry or mature skins.
It gives that extra glow and smells divine. I use it underneath my Glow Time BB Creme,
whenever I feel I need a little extra moisture. Perfect for Glow during Summer!

Hourglass No28 Primer Serum
This one is quite different to any other primer I have used.
It is extremely rich and oily. So please don’t try to use this in tropical summer weather or on very oily skin.
This can still be a good product for oily skins, but I guess you are better of with a mattifying product.
It is perfect for extremely and I repeat extremely dry skin, as well for harsh Winter months, when the skin
can’t keep up it’s natural oil production. It’s also great for dry mature skin as it’s made from a cocktail
of potent anti ageing ingredients and therefore really deserves the last name Serum.
My pro tip: You can also use it on cheeks and brows for an glossy, dewy look as seen on current fashion weeks.

Hourglass Veil Primer:
Quite the opposite of the above, this primer is perfect for humid hot days and/or oily skin.
It makes any foundation that is used on top of this water resistant. Perfect for teary brides!
As it has a milky white appearance, it can make very tanned or dark skins appear ashy.
This can be counter acted with the correct makeup, but if you are after a bronzed look or have naturally
dark skin, you might want to try out a sample before you purchase.
While it completely absorbs really nicely and is super lightweight it only works for fair to medium skin tones.
Which is clearly a bummer. I still find it a remarkable product, even if my very own skin get’s to dark in Summer
to use this. It’s also perfect for anyone with redness that wants to even out their skin tone.

While Hourglass products are free of synthetic fragrances, cruelty free and free of many nasty ingredients,
they do not claim to be a 100% natural, green or organic brand, please see ingredients for yourself and
decide if these products are for you.

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